Do You Know To Coffee Pot?

Do You Know To Coffee Pot?

Have you ever played the game Coffee Pot? Well it goes like this; you’re supposed to substitute a verb for the word Coffee Pot and your friends try and guess the word by asking questions related to the action. For example “I’m Coffee Potting Now!” (WRITING!) With no relation to this game, let me tell you about this ecological coffee machine called Cocoon. It is an insulated hollow pot that conserves the heat for a longer time, thereby reducing the need to re-heat coffee often.

0 Designer: Jan König

RELAX Design Competition

RELAX Design Competition

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Submission deadline: March 30, 2009

UPDATE 1: Closed. Take a look at all the entires! Hang tight people, we’re still judging all the entries based on concept, design, modeling, rendering, and presentation.

UPDATE 2: We need more time to judge all the excellent entries. Winner will be announced April 13.

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

You say you live in an apartment complex where you pay for your rent + electricity, and that’s it? Check it out. You get yourself one of these bad boys, (or 2, or 3,) and hook them up to the water pipes, and bam! Your on the slick road to free home electricity. It’s the “Mini Hydro Turbine” from Yanko frequent Jin Woo Han. Don’t mix up the cords!

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)

You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)

I relate a lot of stuff to songs you know; like the time when I wrote the K-95 USB Flash Drive post, the song that popped into my mind was the Yellow Submarine by Beatles. When I look at this seat, which is clearly inspired by the Mexican toy El Trompo (top), it reminds me of the Dead or Alive song You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record). Quite like the vinyl, the TOtoyO spins a complete 360º and best of all, if you remove the inner cushion, it doubles up as a stadium for your Trompo or Babelade. Wicked!

0 Designer: Victor Aleman

Freeze it Until There's a Cure

Freeze it Until There’s a Cure

Don’t trick yourself! There’s no cure for smelly food. This pail right here thinks it is hot stuff. It’s called the “Minus” and it’s basically cold hearted. Open the lid, place the banana peels inside, close, click shut, set temp, and press go. Coldness. Do not drop your pop cans in here unless they are all the way empty. Also probably not a good place for dead animals.

0 Designer: Cem Tutuncuoglu

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

I don’t think I need to highlight the importance of clean drinking water to you elite crowd, but it is a major issue in many developing countries and war-torn zones. When designer Martin Bolton conducted a survey of the potable water that most rural houses in South Africa used, he was appalled at the quality and decided to do something about it. He devised an ingenious Potpaz Ceramic Filter system that is aimed at being a low cost water treatment device optimally suited to South African rural conditions.

0 Designer: Martin Bolton

Don’t Talk To Me, Talk To My Robot

Don’t Talk To Me, Talk To My Robot

The future of technology simply overwhelms me at times. For instance this Nokia Nia project that designer Sebastian Müller undertook along with the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. Nia is a robotic communication device that strives to make everyday communication more intuitive. It’s that kinda device that takes care of your e-mails, messages, calls or news instantaneously. It adapts to your needs and executes operations as per your requirements.

0 Designer: Sebastian Müller

Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots doing nip, tuck, snip are not new to the medical industry; therefore one would wonder what the agile MIRO is doing here. Well it’s here coz it’s a light-weight, versatile precision surgical assistant that will probably redefine open surgery as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures like endoscopic heart surgery. MIRO weighs almost 10 kg and has dimensions similar to those of the human arm.

0 Designer: Tilo Wüsthoff for DLR

Finding Comfort With A Bag

Finding Comfort With A Bag

We touched upon Autism when we showcased the Beagle scarf-hoodie, but that was more of a security comforter than an interactive design. Mary-Bean is a clear bag with multiple handles and is inspired by a special young lady with Autism. Collaborating with the teen and an occupational therapist, Emily Lin derived this amazing interactive carrier.

0 Designer: Emily Lin

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

…Short and stout, This is my handle and This is my spout. When the tea is ready the thermochromic technology comes into play. Watch me blush and change my colors all the way! A badass attempt at poetry, but anyways the point is, the Creativi*tea Kettle is an effort to hype up the mundane chore of making tea and adding color to the kettle by including the temperature-sensitive aspect to it. Cold = darker shade of red; Hot = increasingly luminescent red.

0 Designer: Sarina Fiero

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

Let me tell you a little bit about exterior design. It’s complicated. You don’t just mess around with the property you own that everyone can see. That said, people better not mess with you because of how your property looks. One time, my neighbor was ordered add a coat of paint to his garage (by the state), so he painted it bright-yet-pastel purple. Would you like to say what’s up to the world? It’s “Astro Type” for you.

0 Designer: George Simkin

PURISME Bracelet: The Black Diamond

PURISME Bracelet: The Black Diamond

Our friends at PURISME are at it again with their latest offering – a Bracelet made of carbon fiber. If you’re a regular reader, you know YD LOVES carbon fiber. We’ve always been a huge fan of PURISME’s products – even if it is pricey but luxury this exquisite is on par with precious stones and metals. After all diamonds and carbon fiber are made of the same stuff. The bracelet is high-tech, rich and timeless. I’ve always loved the idea of carbon fiber jewelry. It sparkles, it’s incredibly lightweight yet stronger than steel. Stay glued for more info.

0 Designer: PURISME

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Pet owners know nothing is too good for their poochie or kitty. They readily spend $100 on their beloved companions without batting an eyelash. Hey if you got the money, who better to spoil than your pets? In my quest to find something not only fun but mentally stimulating for my dog Miko, I came across a line of pet toys from a Swedish company called Nina Ottosson. They were kind enough to send my dog a few items from their new lineup. Hit the jump for my Miko’s review.

0 Designer: Nina Ottosson [ Buy It Here ]